Highly Controversial Book

This book will undoubtedly spark a great deal of controversy. Already, the differences between WSC and WTS are coming to the fore. This book will propel those differences into the limelight, I hope, such that fruitful discussion will result.

Books on the Lord’s Supper

I have linked to some helpful books on baptism. It seems only fitting that I should do so also with books on the Lord’s Supper. For a book on the four views of Christ’s presence, you will best go here. Three small but helpful books are here, here, and here. However, the best treatment of the Lord’s Supper is undoubtedly Vermigli. It is a pity that WTS does not sell it. They used to sell Vermigli’s works, but now they do not, seemingly. At least, they are not on the website.

The General Evangelical Nature of the PCA

This post is in response to a suggestion from my good friend, Wes, whose blog you should definitely read, if you don’t now.

One thing that greatly concerns me (and him) is the sloppy nature of the PCA’s evangelical middle. I asked myself this question: why did 95% of the PCA vote in favor of the PCA’s study committee report? Was it because everyone thought that justification by faith alone needed to be protected? Undoubtedly, many in the PCA thought that. However, I’m not sure that this is the general case with the evangelical middle. I’m sure there are exceptions even here. However, what strikes me about the FV and the NPP is its neonomian tendencies. No one would ever accuse an FV’er or a NPP’er of being an antinomian. It has never happened yet, to my knowledge.

I think a lot of what drove the PCA’s decision is the genuinely antinomian character of much of the evangelical middle. They were reacting to the neonomian tendencies of the FV and the NPP, and therefore they voted against it. Be assured that I am glad they voted the way they did. However, it raises the question in my mind about their true theological stance. It has been a commonplace in critics’ evaluations of the FV that there is general agreement about the problem. The problems of rampant Endarkenment individualism (surely Enlightenment is too strong a word!), antinomianism, and general evangelical mush are evident to the FV’ers, as to many critics of the FV. What are we going to do about this? How will this victory over the FV in the PCA translate when it comes to evangelical feminism, which I realize is a contradiction in terms? What about the Arminianism rampant in the PCA today? Will we be confessional, or won’t we?